Michelle Rodriguez talks about coming back from the dead for 'Resident Evil: Retribution'
Michelle Rodriguez was surprised to get a call about appearing in "Resident Evil: Retribution," after her character was killed off in the first film of the franchise.
"How in the hell are you going to bring somebody back after they've been shot in the head?" Rodriguez asked in an interview provided by Screen Gems. "I did see the bullet actually exit the head in the back and splatter against the wall behind me with blood - how are you going to take that back? Please explain! And when he did, I was just like, 'Aww man! Really? How come I didn't think of that?' I should have known. It was so dumb of me not to ask."
The 3D movie sees Milla Jovovich's character, Alice, as a captive of the main operation facility of the evil Umbrella Corporation. She later joins forces with resistance fighters and travel around the world to take down the group and those responsible for unleashing a deadly virus that has transformed humans into zombie-like beings.
Rodriguez reprises her role as Rain Ocampo, a member of an Umbrella commando unit. The actress portrayed several versions of her character, who was cloned.
"The innocent Rain was definitely more difficult than the experienced, violent Rain that I'm so used to," Rodriguez said. "I think it's the heels that did it for me... I don't mind the Prius, I don't mind being vegan, I don't mind being a student, I don't mind being ignorant to guns, but the heels - running in heels really got me. I've got to say man, there should be an extra training course for tom boys, just for that."
Jason Isaacs, who also hasn't appeared in the franchise since the first film, returns as Dr. William Birkin, a former Umbrella biologist. Meanwhile, Kevin Durand plays Barry Burton, a character from the "Resident Evil" video games that has not yet appeared in the film series.
The "Resident Evil" film franchise has made more than $675 million worldwide, which each movie making more than the one before. The fourth installment "Resident Evil: Afterlife," was released in September 2010 and has since then made $296 million worldwide - almost three times as much as the first movie. The box office profits for the films are considerably larger outside of the United States.
"I have a feeling that [the film's success] has to do with this slight death wish that humanity has for itself," Rodriguez said. "Any movie that involves humanity threatened in any way, shape or form, as incredulous as it may seem, even zombies, I think people will gravitate towards it. That, and the fact that Paul [W.S. Anderson] has done a really amazing job of respecting the inception of the franchise in video game form and he has included, throughout the years, major details of the video game and integrated it into his imaginary world... He's done a really great job of maintaining the integrity of the lickers, the zombies, all the mutants and the genetic viruses and all of that stuff, he pays pretty good, close attention to make sure he satisfies all the geeky fans who will demolish the franchise if he doesn't respect these things."
"Resident Evil" franchise director and writer Paul W.S. Anderson is married to Jovovich. The pair met in 2002, on the set of the first film and wed in 2009. They welcomed their first daughter, Ever Gabo Anderson in November 2007.
"Resident Evil: Retribution" hits theaters on September 14. Watch the trailer below.